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Nintendo Download: 10th December (North America)

10th December (North America)

SteamWorld Heist! FAST Racing NEO! Terraria! Devil's Third! More!

It's time for the North American Nintendo Download Update, once again, and this week is full of enticing options. Two much-anticipated and terrific 'Nindie' download-only releases arrive on Wii U and 3DS, while each system also has a high profile retail release to consider. There are...

Video: Soothe Your Soul With Some of the Calmer Music from Xenoblade Chronicles X

Soothe Your Soul With Some of the Calmer Music from Xenoblade Chronicles X

With some nice quotes about its composition, too

We rate Xenoblade Chronicles X very highly here at Nintendo Life, and the odds are good that many others with the game now do likewise. It's a hugely impressive achievement from Monolith Soft and a strong showcase for Wii U in many respects, including its soundtrack. We think the soundtrack for this...

Video: Sceptile Has Been Confirmed as a Fighter in Pokkén Tournament

Sceptile Has Been Confirmed as a Fighter in Pokkén Tournament

Electrode and Farfetch'd are also in, as support characters

As some of you may remember, a new Pokkén Tournament fighter was due to be revealed on the 10th, with new support Pokémon due to be announced, too. The announcement was supposedly leaked a couple days ago by accident on a Japanese Pokémon show, where a display was spotted that outed the...

News: Mercedes Arrives in Super Mario Maker With a Course and Mystery Mushroom Outfit

Mercedes Arrives in Super Mario Maker With a Course and Mystery Mushroom Outfit

Yes, really!

Yes, that is a Mercedes 'outfit' in Super Mario Maker. No, we haven't faked this in Photoshop. Yes, this is actually happening. Mario Kart 8 fans may recall when free Mercedes DLC - with three karts in total - arrived in the racer; it was a bit tacky, but ultimately you could ignore the cars and pretend they didn't exist. After all,...

News: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Makes Underwhelming Debut in Japan, Yet Wii U Hardware Shows Impressive Growth

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Makes Underwhelming Debut in Japan, Yet Wii U Hardware Shows Impressive Growth

Monster Hunter X (Cross) is still dominant

The Media Create results for Japan are out, and this week has a few interesting talking points to consider in terms of both hardware and software. Starting with the latter, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam makes its debut in second place with just under 50,000 sales; its launch numbers are actually a little...

News: Four More Animal Crossing amiibo Heading to Europe on 29th January

Four More Animal Crossing amiibo Heading to Europe on 29th January

Resetti has found his inner peace

While we wait to see whether US sales of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival help to make up for it tanking badly in territories such as the UK, we wonder whether the amiibo collection that accompanies the game will fare better. After all, Nintendo has acknowledged that a number of people are buying the figures as...

News: GameCenter CX Takes on Super Mario Maker this Weekend

GameCenter CX Takes on Super Mario Maker this Weekend

And it looks like we can watch!

If you've been playing the Event Courses in Super Mario Maker, you've probably seen the two courses made by Shinya Arino, host of the long-running Japanese gaming series GameCenter CX. You might've even snagged the character costume of the kacho (chief) himself! Of course, that means you likely had to deal with a few...

Video: This is the Animal Crossing Wii U Game We'd Hoped For

This is the Animal Crossing Wii U Game We'd Hoped For

Hats off to TheBitBlock

Nintendo's Digital Event during E3 2015 had its ups and downs, with some reveals sparking discontent among many watching Nintendo fans. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was a reveal that caused some frustration - it was a Wii U game in the franchise, just not the one we were expecting. In our view amiibo Festival didn't...

News: Xenoblade X Art Designers Created the Game's Armor Sets with Samurai in Mind

Xenoblade X Art Designers Created the Game's Armor Sets with Samurai in Mind

Space Ninjas

Xenoblade Chronicles X is out now in all regions and contains a staggering amount of content. Among this content is an extremely diverse and varied array of armor sets, which provide a suitable level of customizability and depth for character loadouts. Perhaps most importantly, there's even a 'fashion armor' option that allows one to...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Earns Modest UK Chart Position But Outsells Predecessor

Xenoblade Chronicles X Earns Modest UK Chart Position But Outsells Predecessor

Up 73% on launch sales of Wii title

With another week underway we have the UK chart results, which carry extra interest following the launch of Xenoblade Chronicles X, a title that has drawn critical acclaim and hype from enthusiasts but nevertheless has a tough task converting that into big sales. That's how it's turned out in the UK, at least -...

News: Nintendo Has Quite A Bit Of Maintenance Planned For Today

Nintendo Has Quite A Bit Of Maintenance Planned For Today

Connected to today's "big news", perhaps?

Nintendo apparently has some big news planned for today, as well as plenty of maintenance down-time which will impact various services and games. Online play and rankings will be down today from 21:00 until 02:00 (UK time) tomorrow. During roughly the same window, the online elements of the following games...

News: Nintendo's Next European Splatfest is the Most Random Yet

Nintendo's Next European Splatfest is the Most Random Yet

Pizza preferences

Splatoon is a game that seems to always have something fresh for us to enjoy. Whether it's the weekly additions of new weapons or, occasionally, a new stage, those that fire it up regularly normally have a something new to check out. Splatfests are another part of that, with topics that range from being rather neat to others that...

News: A 'Big' Nintendo Announcement is Coming on Monday

A 'Big' Nintendo Announcement is Coming on Monday

Let the speculation commence

The Nintendo Direct last month was arguably the first time the Big N had any major news to share since E3. Ever since, hype levels have come back down to normal levels, without too many surprise announcements to be had. While it's still unknown when the next Nintendo Direct will be taking place, it seems that some kind...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Owners in North America Highlight Issues With Soundtrack USB Drive

Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Owners in North America Highlight Issues With Soundtrack USB Drive

DRM = Dopey Rights Management

If you want to listen to the Xenoblade Chronicles X soundtrack it's not particularly difficult; it can be easily found around the web. Unfortunately, for some that are actually paying for the privilege, there can be surprising issues. This relates to the gorgeous Special Edition of the game in North America, which...

Talking Point: Nintendo is Right to Move On From the Wii Family Name With NX

Nintendo is Right to Move On From the Wii Family Name With NX

Perfect for its time, but change is due

Earlier this week TIME shared an intriguing interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, and one of the topics raised regarded the NX and the fact it won't be the 'next' in the Wii / Wii U line of systems. That's been reasonably clear for quite some time, as comments around the new hardware (to be...

News: Xenoblade Director on What's Next for the Series and What Makes it So Popular

Xenoblade Director on What's Next for the Series and What Makes it So Popular

Perhaps a third game in the series will come about

Xenoblade Chronicles X is now out all around the world and it's been met with generally positive reception all across the board. The open world RPG presents a staggeringly massive world for players to explore, packed out with dozens, if not hours, of gameplay potential. Fans of both traditional...

Video: FAST Racing NEO's Hero Mode Melts Further Faces with an F-Zero Twist

FAST Racing NEO's Hero Mode Melts Further Faces with an F-Zero Twist

Shield your eyes

FAST Racing NEO is fast, we've certainly established that, but lurking in the game's menus is another mode that takes the speed to further levels of ridiculousness. Hero Mode bring in new rules and mechanics that aren't found in the rest of the game, so rather than just trying to get around and rank as high as you can, these...

Guide: Getting Started With Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U

Getting Started With Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U

It's a big world out there

Xenoblade Chronicles X is out now in North America and Europe, which is certainly something to celebrate for Wii U owners that enjoy immersive, challenging RPG experiences. We've already shared our view that it's a fantastic game in our review - in that article we describe various key gameplay mechanics, so give that a...

News: Today's Nintendo UK Store Offers Include A Wii Fit U Meter For Less Than The Price Of A Big Mac Meal

Today's Nintendo UK Store Offers Include A Wii Fit U Meter For Less Than The Price Of A Big Mac Meal

A healthy saving

Nintendo is doing 24 special offers for the 24 days of Christmas, and today's deals include a pretty sweet bargain for fitness lovers. The Wii Fit U Meter - which works in conjunction with the game to track your physical activity outside of the home - is on sale for £3.99. It's available in red,

Live: Watch The Game Awards 2015 From Los Angeles

Watch The Game Awards 2015 From Los Angeles

Reggie Fils-Aime appearance and Nintendo nominations to feature

After a successful debut in 2014, The Game Awards return for another round; this time the festivities are taking place in Los Angeles. Reggie Fils-Aime will make an appearance while some Nintendo titles are up for awards, and there'll also be music from CHVRCHES and deadmau5. Join us...

Nintendo Download: 3rd December (North America)

3rd December (North America)

Xenoblade Chronicles X! Dementium! Pokémon Picross! More!

The time is upon us, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download update. This week brings a huge retail release on Wii U, a couple of high profile 3DS eShop releases and some other tempting options. Let's get to the details. Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in...

Video: Get a Closer Look at Genei Ibun Roku #FE Gameplay and GamePad Usage

Get a Closer Look at Genei Ibun Roku #FE Gameplay and GamePad Usage

And wonder what the heck is going on with the story...

Genei Ibun Roku #FE - originally known as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem - arrives in Japan on 26th December. Developed by Atlus and having been rumoured in the past to have endured some development issues, it's emerged as a colourful title with plenty of quirks - it's rather bright for Shin...

News: Mahi Mahi Resort Map Arrives in Splatoon on 3rd December

Mahi Mahi Resort Map Arrives in Splatoon on 3rd December

Or early hours 4th December in Europe

As is the norm, the Nintendo Treehouse has used one of its live events to make a neat announcement, in this case related to Splatoon. During the Splatournament it was confirmed that the Mahi Mahi Resort map will arrive in the game at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern in North American on 3rd December, which is 2am UK /...

Video: Build the Buzz for Xenoblade Chronicles X With This Extended Launch Trailer

Build the Buzz for Xenoblade Chronicles X With This Extended Launch Trailer

See the world, meet the cast

Xenoblade Chronicles X is nearly here, and pretty much all that can be said has been shared already. For our part we love it, and it's also a nice technical showcase for the Wii U. Basically, there's plenty of buzz telling Wii U owners that they should be considering it. It's an enormous adventure, of course, and the...